Thursday, September 22, 2011
Potts Camp News
Wilkinsons celebrate 50th anniversary
Correction - The item sent in for last week should have read: Congratulations to Edgar and Sue Wilkinson on their 50th wedding anniversary. Their children gave a reception for them at the Temperance Hill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Sept. 11. A large crowd attended.
I appreciate friends from Hickory Flat who call to tell me they enjoy the Potts Camp News. Margie Gray called with news about a death in their community. I was sorry to hear of the death of a friend, Ruby Faye Leach. We send our love and sympathy to her family.
Jimmy Armstrong, son of Ann Boren Armstrong of Jackson, had a kidney transplant last Thursday. Ann called on Friday to report that the surgery was successful and that he was doing well. The doctors have had him up and walking. They appreciate the continued prayers and concerns of their friends for the family.
Congratulations to Kristin Foster and Justin Howard who were married on September 17 at Flat Rock Baptist Church in Hickory Flat.
Teresa and David Hollingsworth and daughter, Sarah Lambert, of Tupelo, visited me on Sunday afternoon.
Happy birthday to Lucille Kimery! She is a former Potts Camp resident who celebrated her 95th birthday at Trace Way on Saturday, Sept. 10. Her five children who helped her celebrate were O’Neal, Jimmy, Shirley, Joy and Peggy.
Others who attended her party and visited me in Potts Camp later that day were Joann Potts, my sister-in-law from Olive Branch, and her special friend, Judy Gerard. I was happy to see them!
Joann expects to have back surgery again (third time) soon. Get well wishes to her! She was married to my younger brother, Rev. Charles Lindy Potts, who died young.
We send get well thoughts and prayers for Roger Elliott, who had recent bypass heart surgery.
Miriam Hunsucker of Ashland spent Saturday with her mother, Joyce Clayton.
On Saturday night, Joyce Clayton attended a singing in Byhalia with friends.
For better or worse, you and I are the ones Jesus depends on to tell the world about how He lived and died on the cross to save us from our sins! Can He depend on us to strengthen the Kingdom of God, just as He depended on those first disciples?
Today’s Christians are all He has. Can He depend on us?
By feeding on your blessed word, dear Lord, I will no longer weak and childish be. As I listen to your Spirit’s voice, may Christlike love and grace be seen in me!
Do you ever wonder how much God loves us? Remember what Jesus did for all of us on the cross! That’s how much He loves us!
1. He has a plan for each of our lives. If we don’t do it, it won’t be done.
2. We may accomplish great things in our lives, but love is the greatest.
3. Now abide faith, hope, love, those three, but the greatest is love. I Corinthians 13:13.
4. Romans 10 tells us “If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised His son Jesus from the dead, you will be saved.”
In the late ’90s, we had a terrible ice storm. Light wires were broken and trees were on the ground. The lights could not be turned back on until the yard was cleaned up. Our Methodist pastor, Rev. Ray Daniel, drove up in his pickup and used his power saw to clean it up. Others saw the pastor working so they helped. Soon the lights were on. He wouldn’t take any money, but gave the wood to people who needed it.
A revival was going on in our church the next week. The evangelist was at Flick’s Restaurant when he saw a group of women.
Their bus had broken down, so someone had brought them there to eat dinner. The Methodist preacher noticed their name tags were United Methodist Women, Al., so he called Rev. Ray Daniel and he took the church van there to pick them up and take them to our Potts Camp Methodist Church, a cool place. He made several trips. Throughout the day, he spoke to them, let them go upstairs and play the organ and sing. He saw to their needs all day.
Later one of the women wrote the Mississippi Methodist Advocate:
“I just wanted the Bishop to know that there is a man of God in Potts Camp, MS. He met strangers on the road, took them in and let them know that all’s right with the world and God cares for them.”
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